Arts graduate study brings hope, but fails to address tough issue

In case you missed it, I wrote an article about a study released by Indiana University regarding arts graduates. The study of 13,600 arts graduates found that 92 percent found some type of employment in their field within one year of graduation. Those surveyed range from theater to architecture graduates.

While the study revealed mostly positive statistics, as it was conducted by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, it ceased to take an important area into consideration —  artists’ pay level and revenue satisfaction. About 30 percent of formal professional artists surveyed indicated that debt, including student loans was a reason for pursuing a different career path.

I interviewed Jamie Buxton, a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, and David Herendeen, an OCU professor for the article, which examined pursuing an acting/music theater degree in Oklahoma.

To view the full article published in The Oklahoman and Look at OKC, visit


Arts abroad: Students given ‘unconventional’ opportunity

Making a possible impact on Ireland’s arts culture isn’t something many students can say they’ve done. Patrick Galvin is an exception.

Amanda Lee, entertainment business junior; Patrick Galvin, dance management senior; Kristen Mortimer, entertainment business junior; Carla Yoeslow, dance management senior; Elizabeth Rescinito, entertainment business sophomore, and Jeff Poulin, entertainment business junior, pose for a photo at Stephen's Green, a park in Dublin.

The dance management senior was one of six arts management students selected to attend the 2010 arts management tour to Ireland. The trip lasted one week. Students departed Nov. 3 and arrived back in the United States on Nov. 10.

Ireland is a relatively new nation engaged in creating and defining itself, said John Bedford, dean of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management.

“The country’s arts officials are asking outsiders what they should do in terms of arts culture and entertainment,” he said.

Students met with various arts management professionals while on tour. Officials included those of:

–                    National Concert Hall, which presents more than 2,000 annual performances;

–                    Theatre Forum, an organization which represents professional stage arts in Ireland;

–                    The Ark, Europe’s only organization dedicated to children’s art, and

–                    University College of Dublin

Galvin said he was honored be selected to meet the country’s art leaders.

“We were able to make suggestions about the country’s arts infrastructure in terms of the economy, politics and the country’s cultural identity,” Galvin said.

Bedford invited four entertainment business and two arts management students. They were Elizabeth Rescinito, entertainment business sophomore; Carla Yoselow, dance management senior, and Kristen Mortimer, Amanda Lee and Jeff Poulin, entertainment business juniors.

Bedford said he asked faculty to identify arts management students who show promise for successful professional careers and who are much engaged in their majors in the dance department.

The last arts management tour was in 2005, he said.

The world situation makes arts management tours difficult on a timely basis, Bedford said.

“Student safety is a paramount concern,” he said. “Students are not necessarily prone to hear messages about how dangerous the world is to understand why we have to take precautions.

“Europe is on an alert, but fortunately Ireland has not been one of the countries where some of the terrorism has been focused.”